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Henry McClintock, the admiral's father, was the fourth and youngest son of John McClintock by his marriage to Patience Foster. According to the archives of the Northern Rangers, he was known as Harry. Harry served in the 3rd Dragoon Guards as young man but retired on marrying Elizabeth Melesina Fleury, a daughter of the Ven. George Fleury, Archdeacon of Waterford, who was himself a descendent of the French Huguenot (Protestant) Pastor of Tours. He became Collector of Customs at the Port of Dundalk and settled at Kincora House in Dundalk which, as of May 2015, was due to be turned into student accomodation. Although relatively poor in comparison to his relatives, he was extremely popular and well regarded in the county. His journal includes fascinating references to such events as the Wildgoose Lodge Murders and the presence of a velocipede (bicycle) in Dundalk in 1819 while I doff my cap to his doctor who told him to have three glasses of claret a day. They had five sons and seven daughters. Their oldest son Louis was a tearaway who ultimately vanished in British Guiana, while the others included Alfred Henry McClintock, Master of the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin, and Sir Leopold McClintock, who became one of the greatest Arctic explorers of the Victorian age. There is masses of detailed information in a day-to-day diary that Harry penned that has been painstakingly transcribed by historian Pat O’Neill in a book called ‘The Journal of Henry McClintock’, published by the County Louth Archaeological and Historical Society.



Harry and Elizabeth's eldest son George Louis (known as Louis McClintock) was born in 1810 and was the apple of his father's eye. However, he was a naughty fellow, being "sent down" from Oxford (or Cambridge?) when in debt and later being dispatched to Demerara where he is said to have died young. His cousin William Charles Helden Foster McClintock (mentioned above) was also in Demerara and is thought to have been connected to this. Do we know more of him?



The Arctic explorer Admiral Sir (Francis) Leopold McClintock was born 8 July 1819, the same year that his father took part in an extraordinary speed test on a velocipede from the Barracks in Dundalk to the Market Square. Watch this space for events in October 2019! Lepold's early careeer was on board HMS Samarang with his cousin Captain William McClintock Bunbury, and the admiral really deserves a much fuller account than than I give here. David Murphy's book 'The Arctic Fox' is a very good start. Leopold actually sailed on three Arctic expeditions during the 1850s. On one he embarked upon a solo sledge-journey of 1,400 miles and discovered 800 miles of previously unknown coastline. In 1857 he answered Lady Franklin’s call to find her missing husband when he delivered a passionate speech to the Royal Dublin Society: “It is in our power to rescue the survivors, or, at least, to ascertain their fate, without periling a single life, and at a comparatively trifling expense. That we refuse to do so is a deep national disgrace.” Captain McClintock was given unpaid leave from the Royal Navy for the expedition, as was his 2nd-in-command, Lieut. Wm Hobson. In 1857 they set sail in a small 177-ton steam yacht, the Fox, only to become trapped in ice in Baffin Bay for 6 months during the ensuing winter. They finally reached King William Island in 1858 where Leopold ordered his men to search the perimeters of the island. They journeyed on winter sledges, variously drawn by men, dogs and an ingenious system of kites and sails, a technique that would lead Leopold McClintock to be hailed as the father of modern sledging. A search party under Hobson’s command discovered the ‘double story’ document in Franklin’s cairn that confirmed his death. McClintock was amply rewarded – a knighthood (1860), a promotion to Rear Admiral, Freedom of the City of London, a channel named in his honour – and later fetched up in command of Portsmouth Dockyard. (I’ll skip his short-lived political career!) He married Annette Elizabeth Dunlop (or Delap) of Monasterboice House, Co Louth (a niece of the 10th Viscount Massereene & Ferrard) by whom he had three sons and two daughters. (Is this Sir Leopold's “Lady McClintock” on this Pathe News clip?). Sir Leopold and Annette had three sons and a daughter.

Robert O'Byrne provides the following insight into the Delaps on his excellent Irish Aesthete blog:

"In the 1830s, William Drummond Delap of Monasterboice House, County Louth was paid £1,933 by the British government. The reason: he was being compensated for the abolition of slavery in the Caribbean colonies. Mr Delap, it transpires, had owned 96 slaves on two plantations in Jamaica. Slavery there, and on the other islands in the area, had been abolished in 1833, but such was the level of complaint about loss of revenue from former owners, not least those like Mr Delap who lived on the opposite side of the Atlantic, that four years later parliament passed the Slave Compensation Act, resulting in some £20 million being paid out.

Little work has been done in Ireland on the benefits enjoyed during the 17th and 18th centuries by some country house estate owners who were involved in plantations, although twelve years ago History Ireland published a highly informative article by Nini Rodgers on the subject of Irish links to the slave trade. In England, and indeed in France too, much more research has been undertaken on the matter, not least at University College London’s Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slave-ownership, where archival examination has discovered who were the beneficiaries: it has, for example, documented which country houses owe their existence, in part or whole, to money that came through slavery in the Caribbean. In 2013, the centre created a database of the individuals who were paid compensation when slavery was finally abolished, and it includes some 170 names of people in Ireland, not least William Dunlop Delap. His brother Colonel James Bogle Delap, a friend of George IV, received £4,960. Among the others, some are well-known, such as two members of the banking La Touche family (£6,865 between them) and Howe Peter Browne, second Marquess of Sligo (£5,425). However, by far the largest beneficiary was one Charles McGarel of Larne, County Antrim whose claim for 2,777 slaves on twelve different plantations led to his receiving no less than £135,076." (To explore the documentation relating to Ireland, see here).

"VICE-ADMIRAL SIR LEOPOLD M‘CLINTOCK. The Army and Navy Gazette announces that Vice- Admiral Sir Leopold M'clintock has been appointed Elder Brother of the Trinity House, in the room of the late Admiral Sir Richard Collinson. Trinity House is a corporation intrusted with the regulation and management of the lighthouses and buoys of the shores and rivers of England, having general supervision over the Scotch Commissioners of Northern Lights and the Irish Ballast Board. The present Master of Trinity House is Vice-Admiral his Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh.” Dublin Daily Express - Monday 25 February 1884

Sir Leopold and Annette's eldest son Major Henry Foster McClintock (1871-1959), known as Harry McClintock, served as a captain in the 24th Middlesex R. V. in his younger years, and was later a Captain and Honorary Major with the 8th (City of London) Battalion, the London Regiment (Post Office). It appears that he was also Assistant Private Secretary to Lord Stanley, the Postmaster-General, in 1906 and he may well have held similar office for considerably longer. He went on to become First Class Clerk of the Secretary's Office at the General Post Office; on 28th September 1920, he was granted a 'Retired Allowance’. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland in 1926. Though not a frequent contributor to the RSAI’s Journal he wrote for it an article on an "Engraved Bone Plate in the National Museum’ and a short study on a piece of Irish costume, 'The Mantle of St. Brigid at Bruge’. In 1943 he published 'Old Irish and Highland Dress, with Notes on That of the Isle of Man' (Dundalk: Dundalgan Press, 1943), an authoritative work that ran into a number of editions and is still regularly consulted. He was also the author of 'Old Irish Dress and that of the Isle of Man', published by Dundalgan Press in 1950. He married Marion Gledstanes from Fardross, Co. Tyrone and lived at Red House outside Ardee, County Louth. While they had no children, their nephews, nieces and indeed the next generation of the family have fond memories of growing up at Red House. An inscribed brass plaque by the 17th century Flemish chandeliers hanging in St Peter’s and St Stephen’s Chapels at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, reveals that they were presented in 1957 by ‘Major H. F. McClintock of Ardee’ and erected by the Society of Friends of the Cathedral. Harry died in March, 1959, in his eighty-eighth year.
While working on 'Dublin Docklands - An Urban Voyage' in 2007, I met and interviewed the late Gus MacAmhlaigh, who was the first secretary of the Custom House Development Authority (a forerunner of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority). He told me that his mother was Major H. F. McClintock’s cook. Her husband had been in the Irish Guards since 1932 and went on to serve at Tobruk and in the Palestinian Police Force. In about 1940, pregnant with Gus, she took up work for the Major who was then completing his 'Highland Dress' book.
When Harry died, he left the house to Marion. She immediately offered it Harry's younger brother Colonel Bob McClintock. However, as Bob and his wife Mary were living in Nigeria at the time, and unsure of their future plans, Marion decided she would still pass it on to him and stay there herself and pay all the bills. Hence, Bob's children spent every summer in Ireland between 1962-1969. In July 1969 'Aunt Marion' died and Bob and Mary had to decide what to do. With the Troubles in Northern Ireland brewing up a storm, and a lack of land, they very reluctanctly decided to sell. The Red House was initially bought by a Mrs Heiton [sic], a divorcee lately settled in Ireland. She then sold it to Lord Dillon and this is the house where Michael Dillon and his siblings grew up. Red House was also the childhood home to the beautiful Conolly sisters, Nicky and Joanna (Fennell).

Their second son Commander John William McClintock, aka Jack McClintock, served with the Royal Navy under Admirals Carden and de Robeck during the Gallipoli campaign and 'won honours for his conspicuous bravery and gallant deeds in the recent terrible conflict.’ In 1920, he married the Hon. Rose O’Neill, second daughter of Lord and Lady O’Neill; Shane's Castle, her family home, was burned down by Republicans two years later. Archbishop D’Arcy (a former resident of Bishopscourt) headed up the officiating clergymen and Lord Rathdonnell attended, while Captain Harry McClintock, Jack’s older brother, was best man. Dr D'Arcy later recalled it as a 'specially charming' day ... 'most delightful in its circumstances and beauty of setting ... Shane's Castle with its splendid demesne, spread out along the shores of Loch Neagh, and its traditional fame; the beautiful church adorned for the occasion; the company of children strewing flowers in the path of the bridal couple: all come back to me as a dream of the past; a touching dream, when it is realised that these two, so happily wedded on that day, enjoyed to brief a union, so far as human feeling can determine.'
Jack and Rose Annette bought Red Hall in the 1920s. The house, which sits in its own parkland, dates back to the 16th century while its grounds form one of the locations in the 'Game of Thrones’ series.
Jack and Rose had three children - (1) Annette, who married Raymond Firth, (2) John, who married Anne ____ and Eithne (who died young.)
John and Anne had four children - the present John McClintock of Red Hall (who is in telecommunications and married Irene); Alexander (who married Kathryn and has two daughters, Olivia & Antonia); Catharine (known as Kathy, who married Mr Courtney and is mother of Sarah) and Lulu (or Lucinda, who lives in Aberdeen, Scotland).

[MARRIAGE OF LORD O'NEILLS DAUGHTER INTERESTING EVENT AT SHANE’S CASTLE. A PICTURESQUE CEREMONY. The Honourable Rose O’Neill, whose marriage with Captain John William Leopold McClintock, C.B., D.S.O., R.N., was solemnised on 15th inst., in Drummaul Church, Randalstown, is the first Miss O’Neill to be married from Shane's Castle for two hundred years. Long before the bridal party was due, the church was crowded. All the country side were there, as well those from the immediate district, filling the cool dim seats, and struggling to get close to the cords which divided them from the guests who were there by special invitation. A large party had been asked to the wedding, but crowds came uninvited —crowds that filled the church, that swelled out into the porch and the grounds, and the road beyond. It was scarcely to be wondered at that this wedding should arouse such eager interest. It was in every way an event in the history of the district. The bride, who is the second daughter of Lord and Lady O’Neill, belongs to a family who are descendants of a line of kings in Ireland, and whose name is intimately asaociated with every remarkable event that has occurred in Ulster for many centuries. So numerous have been their valiant deeds that a mere outline of them would fill a volume. But the Red Hand of Ulster, the historic symbol of our province, ever keeps fresh in our memories the self-sacrifice and courage of the O Neill, who founded the race and supplied Ulster with kings for centuries. The present Lord Neill represented Antrim in Parliament for many years, and now his son, Major the Honourable Hugh O'Neill, is the member for Mid-Antrim. During the war, the bride rendered invaluable service in the trade division at the Admiralty, in a war hospital. The bridegroom, who is a son of the late Admiral Sir Leopold McClintock, K.C.B., the famous Arctic explorer, has won honours for his conspicuous bravery and gallant deeds in the recent terrible conflict. The crowd in the church waited in eager anticipation of a wedding of far more than ordinary interest. The bridegroom and the best man, Major H. McClintock, the bridegroom's brother, arrived early, the officiating clergymen —the Archbishop of Dublin (Most Rev. Dr. d’Arcy), the Dean of Armagh (Very Rev. F. G. Le P McClintock, B.D.), Canon Chichester, and the Rev. T. J. Forsythe, B.A.—took up their positions. The choir of St. Anne’s Cathedral, with the organist. Mr. C. J. Brennan. F.R.C.A.. Mus. Bac., and the Rev. G. C. Olden, M.A., Minor Canon, had come specially from Belfast for the occasion, assembled at the door of the church, and an intense stillness settled down on the congregation. The dreamy notes of the organ floated through the silence. Then there was the usual sudden stir as the bride appeared and walked slowly up the aisle on the arm of her brother, Major the Honourable Hugh O'Neill, M.P., who gave her away, her father being prevented from appearing at the church. She was preceded by some of the clergy and the slow going deliberate choristers, their heads bent over their hymnbooks, their voices rising pure and clear. Ballymena Observer - Friday 30 January 1920]

Sir Leopold's third son Robert Singleton McClintock (1876-1968), known as Colonel Bob McClintock was married firstly to Mary Howard Elphinston, daughter of Sir Howard Crauford Elphinstone, who won a Victoria Cross during the Crimean War. They were parents to four children, namely:
(i) Lt. John Leopold Elphinstone McClintock, RN (1910-1941). He was blown up by a mine while on convoy duty off Spurn Head on 10 June 1941. He was commanding HMS Pintail. He had gone to aid another ship which had also hit a mine. He is buried in Douglasbanks Cemetery, Rosyth, Fife.
(ii) Ann Arabella McClintock (1915-1986, known as Araby, married Cyril Carter).
(iii) Nicholas Cole McClintock (1916-2001) (aka Nicky McClintock), father of:
(a) Sylvia McClintock, who m. Malcom Wright;
(b) Alexander Edward, aka Frank, who had three children by his first wife, Lulu Luckoc, namely Archie, Araby & Alexandra. He is now married to Daniela, an Austrian. They live in Portugal and run the Quinta da Barranco da Estrada.
(c) Michael Leopold Elphinstone (Mike), who has a son Jonathan by his former wife Ann, and is united with Sue Verstage.
(d) Elizabeth Melesina, who married Anthony Loring and has four children, Frances, Josh, Tom and Eddy.
(iv) Patricia Jane (1919-2015), known as Patsy, who married Dr James Cyriax, known as Jimmy, with whom she had two sons, Peter and Oliver.
After the First World War, Bob was an officer on half-pay with limited funds. Having supported his sister's desire to marry Bernard Greenwell, his loyalty paid out when the Greenwells offered him a plot of land near Godstone in Surrey, where he built a house, Brakey Hill. At the age of 88, Bob was married, secondly, to Diana Lenox-Conyngham, widow of Lt. Col. Marcus Clements, mother of Marcus and Kate (Lady Hall, formerly Okuno) and grandmother of Charlie, Nat & co. He duly moved to her house in Ravensdale, Co. Louth, and passed away at the age of 92. His granddaughter Sylvia Wright recalls him with a ring of white hair around his head and twinkling blue eyes. My parents stayed with Colonel Bob McClintocksoon after their marriage in 1965 and then went up to Anaverna to meet my mother’s Lenox-Conyngham relatives: my father's cousin Kate Okuno was among them while Dad also knew Vere L-C as they had served together for about six weeks on HMS Belfast in the early 1960s.

Sir Leopold's eldest daughter Anna Elizabeth, known as Annie, was born on 3 June 1873. When she sought to marry Major Bernard Eyre Greenwell (1874–1939), a decorated Boer war veteran, Lady McClintock reputedly disapproved because the Greenwells were in ‘trade’. His father Walpole Lloyd Greenwell of Marden Park, Surrey, founded W. Greenwell & Co., one of the wealthiest stock-broking firms in the City of London. In 1906 Walpole was created 1st Baronet Greenwell, of Marden Park in Godstone, by the king; when he died in 1919 his son succeeded as Sir Bernard. Sir Bernard was sometime chairman of the County of London Electric Supply Company Ltd. Annette’s brother Bob McClintock had been one of the few people to support her marriage to Bernard, which went ahead on 19 November 1902.
Sir Bernard Greenwell, MBE, died on 28 November 1939 at age 65; his widow Annie (aka, the Dowager Lady Greenwell), died on 22 June 1957. Like her sister Bessie, she suffered from TB, which settled in her bones so that she was practically bedbound in later life.
Sir Bernard's son and heir, Sir Peter McClintock Greenwell (1914-78) often sleep outside in a tent as a child, because his parents were so afraid that he might catch TB. He married Henrietta Rose Haig-Thomas, known as Grundy, who I recall meeting as child because she had a tremendous sense of fun and once sent the salt pot whizzing down the dining table towards me. Sir Peter was succeeded by his eldest son, Sir Edward Greenwell, who married, firstly, Sarah Anley, and secondly, after Sarah’s passing, to Daphne Clare de Courcy Hunter. Sir Edward’s brother, Major James Peter Greenwell, married Serena Jane Dalrymple, while their sister Julia married Alexander Trotter, 14th of Mortonhall and 5th of Charterhall, with whom she has Henry, Edward and Rupert Trotter.

Sir Leopold's youngest daughter Elizabeth Florence Mary, known as Bessie, was born on 18 August 1882. She and her sister Annie were sent to South Africa in the early 1900s to escape the winters in England. It seems likely they stayed with the family of Sir Leopold's brother Theodore (see below). Bessie died of TB on 3 March 1913 at 16, Queensbery Place, South Kensington. (Clifton Society, 6 March 1913, p. 12).



Alfred Henry McClintock, MD, LL.D, FRCSP, third son of Harry and Elizabeth, was Master of the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin, and President of the Royal College of Surgeons. He wrote several treatises on the rise of Midwifery in Dublin. Born on 21 October 1821, he was educated under Dr. Bunker at Louth Infirmary in Dundalk, and then went to Dublin where he entered the Park Street School of Medicine. He became a licentiate of Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, in 1844 in which year he received his doctorate from the University of Glasgow. He subsequently studied in Paris. On the advice of his teacher, Charles Johnson (1795-1866), then director of the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin, he concentrated his efforts in obstetrics and gynaecology.

He subseqeuntly became an assistant to Johnson in the hospital, and with his colleague Dr. Samuel Little Hardy (1815-1868) published a report on the hospital entitled: Practical Observations on Midwifery. In 1851 McClintock became a Licentiate of the King and Queen’s College of Physicians (Ireland). From 1854 to 1861 he held the position of head physician at Rotunda Hospital Dublin. As President of the Dublin Obstetrical Society, Alfred gave an address on 'The Rise of the Dublin School of Midwifery' - which, of course, included an account of Bartholomew Mosse - that was published in The Dublin Quarterly Journal of Medical Science of 1 Feb 1858.

He was created an Honorary Fellow of the American Gynaecological & Obstetrical, Society 1881.

Alfred died of apoplexy on 21 October 1881, which appears to be his 60th birthday.

He was married on 2 May 1848 to Fanny Cuppaidge, daughter of John Loftus Cuppaidge. See here. Leopold often stayed with Alfred when he was on leave and they were reputedly best pals; their elderly mother was also living in Dublin at that time.

On 20 Februay 1864 he recieved a letter from his first cousin George McClintock (b. 1822) which provided a date of 12 August 1769 as a birthday for their [grandfather?] John McClintock (1769-1855, who married (1) Jane Bunbury and (2) Lady Elizabeth Trench). The letter also referred to Alfred’s sister Louisa, b. 1814, and her husband, Mr Tipping.

Alfred's second son (James) Fredrick Foster McClintock (1858-1920). Trinity College M.A., Land Agent, lived at Rath House, Termonfeckin, Co. Louth. He married Clara Elizabeth Charlotte Adams (daughter of Ambrose Going Adams and Anne Jane Foster Deering) and was father to:

a. Melesina Fleury, b 1894. d. date unknown. Married Ernest Agustus Phipps of Fermoy. No issue.

b. Geoffrey, Commander, Royal Canadian Navy, Vancouver, b 1900 - d. date unknown. No issue. He came to Dublin on a visit in the 1960's. Who was the Geoffrey McClintock who served as a Midshipman on HMS Centurian and apparently died on 15 April 1916?

c. Fanny. b 1902. d - date unknown. Married Henry Holmer Peard. They managed Phoenix Park Racecourse, Dublin. No issue.

d. Alfred Foster (1911- 2002), educated Portora, served in WW2 as Captain 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars 1940-45. Served at El Alamein and D-day. Married Margaret Scott Thompson, Towcester, Northants in 1941, with whom he had two children, viz.
i. Patricia Fay. Born 1942. Served in the WRENS.
ii. Patrick Foster, aka Paddy McClintock. Born in 1944 he was, as he put it, 'was given a Reserved Cadetship to R.N. Dartmouth (out of Portora) but rejected it in favour of show-biz ... joined Telifis shortly after it opened, directed 'Seven Days' just before he left in the early 70's, and went free-lance - jobbing for many years usually as Producer or Director.' Paddy also drove from London to Sydney twice in 10,000 mile races, in 1968 and 1993, and from London to Mexico in 1995. 'I prefer dry land!'




Lt. Col. Theodore Ernest McClintock (1829-1900), fourth son of Harry and Elizabeth, was born on 9 March 1829 and married on 5 November 1863 to Anna Maria Holden (1846-1899, born at the Cape). He served in the Commissariat Department for at least thirty years, starting as a clerk in 1850 and rising to be Assistant-Commissaries-General in 1860 and Staff Paymaster in 1869.[1] In the latter year, the officers of the hitherto uniformed civilian service transferred to the new Control Department as commissioned Army officers and Theodore duly became part of the Army Pay Department. He retired in 1881 with the honorary rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. In the "Major General's Song" in The Pirates of Penzance (1880) by Gilbert and Sullivan, the Major-General boasts that when, among many other bits and pieces of seemingly elementary or irrelevant information, he "know(s) precisely what is meant by commissariat", he will be the best officer the army has ever seen (satirizing 19th century British officers' lack of concrete military knowledge). Theodore and Anna had 3 children, Frederick William McClintock (b. 1864 - ?); Edgar Stanley Victor McClintock (1865-1931) and Agnes Laura McClitnock (born at the Cape in 1867).

[1] To be Deputy Assistant-Commissaries- General, Commissaries Clerks - Theodore Ernest McClintock (Dublin Evening Mail - Monday 04 February 1850)
Commissariat Department—To be To be Assistant-Commissaries-General : — Deputy-Assistant-Commissary-Generals John Moiro McLean Sutherland, vice Kean Osborn, deceased; Theodore Ernest McClintock , vice Widdrington Tinling , deceased ; Alexander Walter Turner , vice George Shepbeard , placed upon retired pay (The Scotsman - Thursday 20 December 1860)
Assistant-Commissary-General T. E. M'Clintock to the staff-paymaster. (Gravesend Reporter, North Kent and South Essex Advertiser - Saturday 2 October 1869)
WAR OFFICE, PALL MALL, 2ND April, 1878. ARMY PAY DEPARTMENT. To be Staff Paymasters from 1st April, 1878. Paymaster Theodore Ernest McClintock, from the Pay Sub-Department. (Naval & Military Gazette and Weekly Chronicle of the United Service, 3 April 1878)
Staff Paymaster and Honorary Major Theodore Ernest McClintock retires on retired pay, with the honorary rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. (Naval & Military Gazette and Weekly Chronicle of the United Service, 24 August 1881)
William Maroni, in succession to T. E. McClintock, retired : 24th August, 1881. (Naval & Military Gazette and Weekly Chronicle of the United Service - 2 November 1881)
Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel Theodore E. McClintock, late Staff Paymaster, Army Pay Department, has been permitted to commute his retired pay: 7th November, 1882. (Naval & Military Gazette and Weekly Chronicle of the United Service - 6 December 1882)

Captain Frederick William McClintock, the eldest son of Lieutenant Colonel T E McClintock, was born in Dublin on 10 August 1864 and educated at the Public High School, Dublin. He proceeded to South Africa aged 21, joining the Education Department of the Natal Civil Service. He subsequently took up an appointment in the Cape Forestry Department; went to the Transvaal in 1895, where he acted as Secretary to some mining groups, and became identified with the Krugersdorp branch of the Anti-Asiatic South Africa League under the presidency of diamond tycoon Sir Abe Bailey, Member of Parliament for Krugersdorp and spokesman for respectable English speaking South Africans. At the outbreak of the Anglo-Boer War he joined the Prince Alfred's Guards as Second Lieutenant, ‘this being the only permanent Colonial Corps which is entitled to carry its colours into action—a privilege obtained for the regiment by Duke of Edinburgh, after whom it is named.’ At the close of hostilities, he retired with the permanent rank of Captain, in recognition of services rendered during the war. He then returned to the Transvaal, where he was ‘engaged in secretarial duties in connection with the Commission investigating Burgher Claims upon the Imperial Government, ultimately taking up an appointment in the Mines Department, of the Transvaal Civil Service.’ He was the author of “Hints: A Handbook for South African Volunteers”. On 10 August 1896, he married 24-year-old Florence Louisa Soundy, daughter of Josiah Tunmer Soundy (1829-1906), of Cradock, Cape Colony. They are thought to have been the parents of Ernest McClintock (died 1960) who married Ethel Bingham (born 1899, daughter of James Bingham (1861-1936) and his wife Charlotte (nee Miller) of Belfast) and had three children – June, Ronald Victor McClintock (1926-2015, born in South Africa) and Robert.[2]

[2] By his wife Lorraine Miller, Ronald Victor McClintock had a son Donald McClintock and two daughters, Gayle and Karen; this connection came via Gayle (who married Willem F Eckhardt and has three daughters, Liesa, Kirsty and Claie). I think this is a different family to the R.V. McClintock mentioned as the father of the bride here: GLENCRAIG WEDDING Barr—M‘Clintock The wedding took place at Glencraig Church, Craigavad, of Mr. Jaye Barr, younger son of the late Mr.and Mrs. Alexander Barr, Chichester Avenue, Belfast, and Miss Elizabeth Margaret M’Clintock, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. V. M'Clintock, Bangor Street, Newtownards. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. R. J. Chisholm, M.A., rector of St. Mark's, Newtownards, and Mr. W. F. M’Bratney was at the organ. The soloist was Miss Rhona E. M’Clintock. The bride was In a trained gown of ivory Chantilly lace, with veil of French net mounted on orange blossom, and she carried a bouquet of pink carnations and lily of the valley. The bridesmaid, Miss Mary M'Clintock. and child attendant. Miss Dorothy M'Clintock—sisters of the bride —wore gowns of turquoise poult. Mr. Lex Barr. M.Sc., F. S.S., attended his brother as best man. Subsequently a reception was held at the Old Inn, Crawfordsburn. (Belfast News-Letter - Tuesday 06 April 1954)

Edgar Stanley Victor McClintock (1865-1931), Colonel Theodore McClintock’s second son, was born at the Cape on 18 September 1865 and died in Victoria, British Colombia. He was married on 19 April 1898 to Augusta Julia Inskip, daughter of H. L. Inskip. Their only son, Leopold Digby McClintock was born in Vernon, BC, on 7 April 1899 and died in Victoria, BC, in 1978.

Sylvia Wright (nee McClintock) recalls her mother telling her that when Sir Leopold's youngest daughter Bessie was ill with TB, she and Aunt Annie (Greenwell) were sent to South Africa in the late 1800s for two consecutive winters to stayed with some McClintock cousins - could this have been Theodore Ernest's family? Sylvia also remember that her grandfather Bob was in an old photo with Bessie in South Africa while he was fighting in the Boer War.

With thanks to Sylvia McClintock, Irene McClintock, Brian Walsh (Co. Louth Museum), Gayle Eckhardt, Liesa Eckhardt (Gayle's daughter).


Charles Fortescue McClintock, Royal Irish Constabulary (1836-1907), fifth and youngest son of Harry and Elizabeth. Born at Drumcar on 13 June 1836, he entered the Civil Service; first serving in the Crimea (his Crimean medals awards are mentioned on his Civil Service record of service) and then as a staff member (civillian clerk) of the Royal Irish Constabulary Office in Dublin Castle, rising to a senior position in the Administrative Division. In 1887 he was recorded as First Class Clerk (under Alfred Crawford) in the Administrative Branch of the R.I.C. Office in Dublin Castle. He retired on pension on reaching his 65th birthday. He was awarded a 'Visit to Ireland' medal as part of Queen Victoria's visit in 1900 and may well have been presented to her. Charles and his wife Mary, a Catholic from Dublin twelve years his junior, were living at 13 Breffni Terrace, Glasthule, Dublin, at the time of the 1901 Census, along with Kate Kane, a 19-year-old Longford girl who was employed as their cook and domestic servant. Charles died on 19 December 1907 at Silverton Cottage, Dalkey. (Thanks to Peter McGoldrick and Jim Herlihy)



Isabella Marion McClintock, eldest daughter of of Harry and Elizabeth, married (1) T. Shallcross Battersby (who died 17 March 1847) and (2) E. Spencer Dix, MA. Her sister Emma Patience also married a Dix brother, see below.


LOUISA TIPPING (1814-1900)

(Anna) Louisa (de Fleury) McClintock, the second of Harry and Elizabeth's daughters was married in 1832 to Francis Hall Tipping, with whom she later emigrated to New Zealand. As their great-great-grandson Paul Tipping relates in his 2005 book “The Tippings of Canterbury – The Story of Two Anglo-Irish families” (ISBN 0–473–1 0388–5), Francis was one of twin boys born on 8 October 1804 to Francis Tipping (1758-1819) and his wife Christina Fforde (1765-1855). He grew up at Bellurgan Park, a 2,000 acre estate with a Georgian house near the village of Ballymacanlon, County Louth. On the watch of his extravagant, travel-obsessed elder brother, Edward, the estate was almost bankrupted during the Famine and had dwindled to 1245 acres by 1876.

Francis and his twin brother James were educated at the Royal School in Armagh. In 1822, 18-year-old Francis went to Trinity College Dublin, graduating with a BA (1829) and MA (1832), and he appears to have been destined for a career in the Church of Ireland. In 1827 James married Catherine Elizabeth Fforde, a cousin, and settled at Castletown Cooley where they had 10 children. Five years later, 27-year-old Francis called in on Henry McClintock, who wrote in his diary on 13 July 1832: “Francis Tipping proposed for my daughter Louisa last night, and she referred him to me, so this day he called to speak to me upon the subject. Bessy and I gave our consent to their being married but not for some months or until he is ordained.”

Francis was ordained a deacon soon afterwards and he married Louisa McClintock in Saint Nicholas’s Church, Dundalk, on 18 September 1832, just two months after he secured her parents' consent. As it happens, the 27-year-old did not pursue his church career, aside from a visit to Dungannon to enquire about a curacy in June 1833, as recorded in his father-in-law’s diary. Instead, he began farming, initially on 75 acres leased from Lady Bellingham at Draughanstown, near Dunany, on the coast just south of Dundalk. Their first child Melesina, known as Minnie, was born on 11 August 1833. Two more children were born at Draughanstown before the Tippings moved in March 1838 to a 103-acre farm at Kilcreagh, near Donabate, Co Dublin. They spent the next 14 years at Kilcreagh, during which time another six children were born while Francis’s elder brother Edward nearly lost the family estate during the Great Hunger crisis.

In 1852 Francis and Louisa moved to a third farm, Mulgeeth, near Enfield, on the Meath-Kildare border. A further two daughters were born here, so that the family now comprised of nine daughters and two sons. On 11 October 1861 the Tippings moved once again, taking on a substantial three story house with 93 acres at Viewmount, near Longford town, which they least from the Earl of Longford. However, all was to change the next year when Francis’s twin brother James left for to Cantebury Province in New Zealand with his entire family, departing from London on 4 September 1862. On 10 September 1863, a year after his twin brother James’s emigration, Francis and Louisa set sail for New Zealand with their nine children. They arrive in Lyttleton 96 days later. Francis established himself as a farmer in the Waikuku district north of Kaiapoi, about 25km from James.

On 10 November 1864, their daughter Minnie Tipping married William Bayly Jones, a ship’s purser from Gloucestershire. Her sister Laura was married on the same day to Arthur James Poole. [Many of the other siblings married and had children, as did James's children, all of which is recorded in Paul Tipping's book]. Mininie and William were fated to be among 131 drowned when SS Tararua, a passenger steamer, sank off the New Zealand coast on a voyage between Port Chalmers and Tasmania. It was the worst civilian shipping disaster in New Zealand's history.

Francis Tipping died, aged 70, in New Zealand on 3 March 1875. His widow Louisa survived him by quarter of a century, dying on 29 July 1900, aged 86. She is buried at Holy Trinity Church, Christchurch, New Zealand. She had 11 children 35 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.



Emily Caroline McClintock, third daughter of Harry and Elizabeth, was married, firstly, in 1840 to Captain Charles Henry Paget, RN, of Samarang fame, and (2) 1848 Lt. Col. J. B. Gardiner, 17th Regiment.


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Above: Emma Patience McClintock and her husband Henry Dix, with their children Reginald
Ernest (later a printing specialist) and Julia P. (With thanks to Sheila McClintock)


Rosa Melesina McClintock, fourth daughter of Harry and Elizabeth, was married on 18th April 1848 at St. George's Church, Dublin, to Dr. Benjamin Willis Richardson of Upper Gardener Street. He became chairman of the Court of Examiners at the Royal College of Surgeons. They lived in a house which is now part of the Castle Hotel, off Parnell Square, Dublin, owned in 2014 by Fionn MacCumhaill who has conducted some research on the buildings history. (Thanks to Ronan Connolly whose grandmother Frances Richardson may be Rosa and Benjamin's great-granddaughter).



Florence Gertrude McClintock, fifth daughter of Harry and Elizabeth, was married in 1849 to George Alloway, MD.



Emily Patience, sixth daughter of Harry and Elizabeth, was married in 1854 to Henry Torrens Dix. (Her sister Isabella Marion also married a Dix brother.) Their son Ernest Reginald McClintock Dix (1857-1936), a Man of Letters and an expert on Irish printing, was interested in Early Irish printing, bibliography, book collecting, Irish history, Irish language and printing history. When I was working on the history of the Docklands, Gus MacAmhlaigh, whose mother was cook to Major Henry Stanley McClintock, told me that H. Ernest Reginald McClintock Dix was a bibliophile whose book on Irish language books is the holy bible for a subject which Gus and his son are greatly enamoured. His collection included a large numbers of novels translated into Irish such as Wuthering Heights and The Hound of the Baskervilles. Ernest was married, late in life, to Elizabeth Mary Rachael Leech, aka "Brenda"... “Brenda” was the nom-de-plume of Úna McClintock Dix [née Elizabeth Rachel Leech; 1880-1958), one of the few Irish language women authors of the Free State era and author of Cailín na Gruaige Duinne [The Brown Haired Girl] (1932) published by An Gúm; she was educated in Neuchatal, Switzerland and Alexandra College, Dublin and emigrated to Canada, where she taught German and English immigrants, and met Ernest on her return to Ireland. (See Art of the Free State: A Burns Library Exhibition, Boston College; online.)
vii. Emily Anna McClintock m. 1857 George Crozier, MA, son of William and Jane Crozier, who died in 1874. George was a nephew of Francis Crozier (1796-1848) who disappeared with Sir John Franklin in the Arctic.


With thanks to William Bunbury, Andrew Bunbury, Olive Brown, Tom Barr, Sylvia McClintock and the McFarlands.